ZEBULON, N.C. - Starting pitchers Thomas Pannone and Triston McKenzie kept the Carolina offense in check while leading the Hillcats to a doubleheader sweep of the Mudcats on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. Lynchburg took game one 1-0 with a run scored by Ka'ai Tom and won game two 7-1 with help of a four RBI game from catcher Martin Cervenka.
Pannone (1-0, 0.00) worked game one for Lynchburg (7-6) and allowed just one hit over five and 2/3 scoreless frames. He also struck out six and walked only two in his blanking of the Mudcats (6-6). Leandro Linares pitched the final inning and a 1/3 and picked up his first save of the season.
Corbin Burnes started game one for Carolina and worked through five scoreless with four walks and five strikeouts. Brad Kuntz (1-1, 2.45, 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) allowed the only run in the game in the sixth and suffered the loss.
Tom was 2-for-3 with a double and scored the only run of the game for either side in Lynchburg's 1-0 game one victory. Martin Cervenka later led the way in game two for the Hillcats after going 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a two-run home run.
Cerevenka's run scoring double was part of a four run first against Carolina's starter Kodi Medeiros in game two of the twin bill. Medeiros (0-3, 6.35) also walked two in the first, allowed four hits and faced nine batters in the opening frame. He later settled in and worked into the fourth before leaving with five runs allowed on five hits.
Eric Hanold (3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 SO) followed Medeiros and pitched the final three and 2/3 for Carolina out of the bullpen. He gave up Cerevenka's two-run home run in the seventh, but retired eight straight between the fourth and sixth innings and finished with five strikeouts.
McKenzie (2-1, 1.72) started game two for the Hillcats and pitched through five innings with just one unearned run allowed on three hits. He also struck out eight and walked two while earning his second win of the year.
Relievers Argenis Angulo and Dominic DeMasi finished out game for Lynchburg and combined to hold the Mudcats scoreless and to just one hit.
The Mudcats are off on Wednesday, but will continue their 13 game home stand on Thursday at Five County Stadium with game one of four versus the Buies Creek Astros. Thursday's game will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will air on the Mudcats Radio Network, The Big Dawg 98.5 FM and carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. A video stream of the game will also broadcast live on MiLB.tv.
Tickets to Carolina's next home game are available by calling (919) 269-CATS (2287), by visiting carolinamudcats.com and by visiting the Five County Stadium Box Office.
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